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Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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EVERY WEEKDAY evening, brings you the five things you should know by 5pm.

1. #FRANCE: An explosion at a decommissioned nuclear plant in southern France today has killed one person and seriously injured another. An investigation has opened but no evacuation or quarantine measures have been deemed necessary so far.

2. #RACE FOR THE ÁRAS: Independent Mary Davis has secured a nomination to run for President this October after getting the support of eight councils for her bid. She only needed four. Independent Séan Gallagher has also secured his nomination by earning the support of two more councils today, bringing his total to the required four.

3. #LINGO: The Association of Catholic Priests has said that some women are upset by the “sexist” language in the new edition of the Roman Missal. If you’re interested, we’ve deciphered the change in lingo here…

4. #HOUSING: Even while Pat Rabbitte is warning of an “extremely painful” Budget 2012, a housing conference has heard today that Ireland should be building more houses – 30,000 more in the next 15 years in fact.

5. #HEALTH: A group of medical researchers in England says it has developed a ‘smart bomb’ drug which has the potential to find and kill cancerous tumours. The key active ingredient comes from a type of crocus flower.

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